Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Swing

By Jason Abucay, Haleiwa

In Hawaii, the social dancers refer to the term "Swing dancing" as generically to one or all of the following swing era dances: Lindy Hop, Lindy Charleston, Shag, Balboa and Blues. This group is often extended to include West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Jive, Rock and Roll, Modern Jive, and other dances developing in the 1940s and later. In other world scenes, Latin dances such as salsa and Tango are often taught and danced within the "Swing scene."

“Social dancers believe that the rhythm of the dance lies in the music.”


For many scenes tap dancing and a range of other jazz dances are considered key, as are hip hop and other contemporary African American street dances. The variations continue, dictated by local dance community interests. Many dedicated swing dancers today argue that it is important to dance many styles of partner dance to improve technique, but also to reflect the historical relationship between these dances in the swing era of the 1920s and 1930s. Social dancers prefer East Coast swing for all swing music at all the social dances.

"Together Again" by Janet Jackson (1998)


In the Savoy Ballroom in New York, a long time ago, bands would often play waltzes, Latin songs and so on, as well as swinging jazz. Dancers were often familiar with a wide range of popular and traditional dances. The Swing Dancers on this island have a way to go in defining themselves. For now they are mostly a nice gang of compatible people and they enjoy dancing with each other. One of them will some day write their opinion of swing in their club that will be of much value to our reader/dancers. For now we will include a little swing dancing in our social dance menu.

"Social dancers have learned that the simplest of times may bring the grandest of
pleasures and that the hardest goodbyes often lead to the best hellos."